A course in combinatorics. 2nd ed. (English) Zbl 0980.05001

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xiv, 602 p. (2001).
In my review of the first edition of this book, I wrote: I highly recommend this text for anyone who wishes to see what combinatorics is about on a level which does justice to its depth; it will no doubt become a standard choice among the many texts on combinatorics. This prediction has certainly become reality: The book has been used successfully at many colleges and universities as a textbook. Apart from correcting minor errors in the first edition, the new edition has been expanded by about 70 pages, covering several additional interesting topics such as the Lovász sieve, associative block designs and list colorings of graphs. Also, quite a few new problems have been added. Summing up, I find this book as fascinating as ever; once again, it is highly recommended reading.


05-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to combinatorics
05Bxx Designs and configurations
05E30 Association schemes, strongly regular graphs
05D15 Transversal (matching) theory
05Cxx Graph theory